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Leah Ding Associate Professor Computer Science

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CAS - Computer Science
Dr. Ding specializes in cybersecurity research. She has extensive experience doing cybersecurity R&D in industrial research labs. Before coming to AU, she was a Research Principal at Accenture Labs (the R&D division of Accenture), and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.
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Fall 2020

  • CSC-316 Computer Science III

Spring 2021

  • CSC-316 Computer Science III

  • CSC-481 Machine Learning/Cybersecurity

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

"Are Smart Home Devices Abandoning IPV Victims?" A. Alshehri, M. B. Salem, L. Ding, IEEE TrustCom/C4W, Dec. 2020. [Link]

"Connecting Web Event Forecasting with Anomaly Detection: A Case Study on Enterprise Web Applications Using Self-Supervised Neural Networks," X. Yuan, L. Ding, M. B. Salem, X. Li, D. Wu, SecureComm, Oct. 2020. [Link]

"A Novel Architecture for Automatic Document Classification for Effective Security in Edge Computing Environments," L. Ding, M. B. Salem, IEEE/ACM Symposium on Edge Computing/EdgeSP, Oct. 2018. [Link]

Professional Services

Co-chair, the Third ACM/IEEE Workshop on Security and Privacy in Edge Computing, Nov. 2020. [Link]

Orgnazier and Panel Moderator, Women-in-Computing Forum of the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing, Nov. 2019. [Link]

Professional Presentations

"Trust Preservation in the Age of AI," invited talk, Women in Hardware and Systems Security(WISE) workshop, Dec. 2020. [Link]

"Hype or hope? Machine learning based security analytics for web applications," L. Ding, X. Yuan, M. B. Salem, Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC)/Case Studies, Dec. 2019. [Link]

"Automated REST API Endpoint Identification for Security Testing at Scale: How Machine Learning Accelerates Security Testing," L. Ding, J. Jacob, J. Chen, S. Pham, Blackhat Asia, Mar. 2019. [Link]


If you are interested in joining my research group as a research assistant, please send me an email with your CV and transcripts.